It's enough to make a grown chef cry.
Americans are squandering billions of pounds of food claims the USDA, amounting to nearly a third of the total produced for consumption across this vast land. The Washington Examiner reports:
The just-issued report revealed that in 2010, 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of food produced for Americans to eat was wasted, either molded or improperly cooked, suffered "natural shrinkage" due to moisture loss, or because people became disinterested in what they purchased.
The report comes as the administration is growing concerned about landfills running out of space and struggling to help the one-sixth of Americans who go hungry every day.
Among the reasons for all the waste are "lack of knowledge about preparation and appropriate portion sizes," confusion surrounding expiration dates - leading folks to stay on the safe side by throwing items out - and regulations surrounding the re-use of leftover and unused foods.
"The report noted that 14 percent of garbage dumped into landfills is food waste," writes the Examiner's Paul Bedard, "and that 49 million people, mostly poor, need more food."
Maybe this guy has the right idea.
Via the Washington Examiner.